Singapore approves Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

Singapore approves Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

Yahoo! Australia·2020-12-15 18:00

Singapore has approved the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says, paving the way for its deployment in the city-state late this year or in early 2021."I am very happy to tell you that after studying the scientific evidence and clinical trial data, the Health Sciences Authority has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for pandemic use," Lee said during a televised speech on Monday.He said he expected "other vaccines to arrive in Singapore in the coming months" - plans that should mean, he believes, "enough vaccines for everyone in Singapore by the third quarter of 2021".The health ministry said "Pfizer has indicated that the first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines will arrive in Singapore by around the end of this month".Lee said Singapore would further ease local pandemic-related curbs on December 28, allowing gatherings of up to eight people and up to 250 people to attend public worship or live arts and cultural performances.Singapore, with a population of 5.7 million, has officially confirmed almost 60,000 coronavirus cases, mostly among migrant workers. The related death toll is among the world's lowest, at 29.Five new cases were reported on Monday, all of them "imported".

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